Creating a healthy lifestyle is a multi-faceted aspect that involves a deep connection to one’s body, mind, and spirit, as well as to the community and the world. While we are all progressing through this global pandemic and it seems like so many things are out of our own control, choosing to lead a healthy lifestyle is in our control. This relates to finding balance in our lives. It is always important to be mindful of the choices you make for your personal health and wellness, as taking care of both your mind and body are as important as ever during these challenging times.
Considering our bodies work so hard for us, we need to do our best to keep them well-rested, healthy and refueled. From taking the time to relax, to watching what you eat, exercise, rest, and managing your condition (if you have one) to prevent complications. Living healthy means making wise choices every single day.
All people require a nutritious diet for optimum health and wellness. It’s an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle as it results in increased energy levels, sharper mental focus and weight moderation. Unhealthy eating habits have contributed to the obesity epidemic in the United States, as well as major health risks that contribute to illness and even death. These include cardiovascular disease, cancer, kidney disease and diabetes. The cornerstone of a healthy diet is taking steps to replace processed foods with real foods whenever possible. Making changes to your diet by eating food that is as close as possible to the way nature made it and cutting back on unhealthy fat are extremely beneficial.
As more people adopt a sedentary lifestyle, the culture of exercise is often forgotten. Establishing a culture of activity and exercise is essential to your general health and wellbeing. Not only can it help a person maintain an ideal weight, but it also builds muscle, improves mood, boosts energy, promotes better sleep and combats many health conditions and diseases. Gentle group exercise at the beginning of the day could be a great way to improve social interaction and foster a culture of exercise. A well-rounded exercise programs that entail aerobic activity, strength training, flexibility training, and balance exercises is a great way to start. Each of these physical exercises benefit your body in different ways.
We all get bogged down with stress, but how you react to it determines its effect on you. While we can’t evade all sources of stress, we can develop healthier ways of responding to them. Often times, we fail to realize the many ways that relaxation can increase our stamina, calm our thoughts, improve mood and allow us to be more productive. Deep relaxation techniques, like meditation, yoga, Tai Chi and breathing when practiced regularly, restore energy and encourage a more positive sense of self.
Quality sleep is also crucial in maintaining overall health and wellness, although sometimes it’s hard to get. Making time to rest, relax and be mindful is true nourishment for both the body and soul that gives us a great balance so we can better focus on our lives, the people in our lives, and our work.
Maintaining a positive mindset can help you live a healthy life. Numerous studies have established that people who are generally optimistic about life enjoy better health and quality of life than those who aren’t. Positive thinking doesn’t mean keeping your head in the clouds and naively ignoring life’s unpleasant situations. It just means that you approach such situations in a more positive and productive way. Surrounding yourself with positive people, pushing back against negative thoughts, being open to humor, doing things that bring pleasure and following a healthy lifestyle are some of the ways of boosting a positive attitude towards life.
As we focus on all these elements and become conscious of mindful living, we become healthier and more intimately aware of our present life experience. Make yourself and your happiness, health, wellbeing a priority and stay safe.